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  CBS    CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley  

    February 25, 2014
    5:30 - 6:01pm PST  

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remember the latest news and weather are always on our website, kpix.com. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> pelley: tonight, more deaths are reported as a recall expands. more than a million cars may be linked to a deadly defect. jeff glor continues a cbs news investigation. massive ice dams jam rivers in several states. dean reynolds on the flood danger, and we'll look at where the winter blast will be felt next. the f.d.a. investigates a controversial technique that could create a baby with three parents. dr. jon lapook reports. and 50 years ago today... >> tell me i am the greatest. >> pelley: jim axelrod recalls the fight that created muhammad ali. >> after 50 years, it's still thrilling to me. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. today, general motors linked seven more deaths to a faulty ignition switch -- and it nearly doubled the number of cars it's recalling, from the 780,000 announced earlier this month -- to nearly 1.4 million. gm also said today the ignition switch is now tied to 31 crashes in which 13 people died. right after the initial recall, cbs news tracked down a gm service bulletin that showed the carmaker had known about problems with the switch for nearly a decade. jeff glor has the new developments tonight. >> reporter: this crash of a chevy cobalt in wisconsin in 2006, which killed two teen-aged girls, is part of the growing list of recalled vehicles. margie beskau lost her 15-year- old daughter, amy. >> they knew something was wrong with the car before the accident.
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i just don't understand how they can knowingly put these cars out and still let people drive them. this is my child. this is my baby girl. >> reporter: earlier this month, general motors recalled the 2005-2007 chevy cobalts and the 2007 pontiac g-5s. today, they added five new models-- 2003-2007 saturn ions, the 2006-2007 hhr and saturn sky, and 2005-2007 pontiac pursuits sold in canada. >> g.m. did it because they had no other choice. >> reporter: clarence ditlow runs the center for auto safety. >> g.m. is just cutting the losses. it's doing the right thing. it will save lives, but the issue is why were 13 lives lost? >> reporter: g.m. says a heavy key ring or sudden jarring can switch the car off. that means no engine power, no power steering, no power brakes,
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and the airbags don't work. g.m. filed this updated timeline with federal investigators. 2004: g.m. became aware of at least one incident involving a chevy cobalt. an inquiry was opened, but after consideration of the lead time required, cost, and effectiveness of the solution, it is closed with no action. 2005: "new field reports of engines losing power." a service bulletin issued to dealers in case customers complained saying, "there's the potential for the driver to inadvertently turn off the ignition. the concern is more likely to occur if the driver is short and has a large and/or heavy key chain," but no recall was issued. 2007, a g.m. engineer began an investigation. new incidents of airbags not deploying or discovered. 2010, g.m. discontinued production of the cobalt. >> this is going to go down as one of the top ten worst defects recalls ever, because it was covered up.
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>> reporter: last week, when we asked g.m. why the recall did not include additional models announced today, we were told, "we have no confirmed reports of incidents involving non- deployment of frontal airbags occurring on these other investigation under the conditions of the cobalt g-5 recall." today, g.m. told us the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been. we are deeply sorry and we're working to address this issue as quickly as we can." g.m., which says it will fix the ignition issue with democrats is facing a maximum $35 million fine from the government. but because people died, they are also potentially looking at a criminal penalty. >> pelley: jeff, thanks very much. a new blast of arctic air is driving across the northern united states. the mercury hit 27 below zero in longville, minnesota. adding to the weather problems-- ice dams. dean reynolds has more about them. >> reporter: considerable damage
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has already been done in tippecanoe county, indiana, where buckling ice ran wild, literally plowing trees and wrecking property. these pictures from ohio last week captured the speed and strength of an ice jam on the move. and many in the region are now fearing a similar fate. i'm standing on the shoreline of the kankakee river, and all of this ice in front of me has come up over the bank and threatens to keep on coming. >> this is probably 12 feet from the river's edge, and look at it. it's like just mass destruction. you can't stop the ice. >> reporter: steve highbaugh has lived along the kankakee river for a quarter century. you have a danger from pulverizing, but also then follow-on flooding? >> correct. >> reporter: how does that make you feel? >> well, not as good as i feel in july, that's for sure. >> reporter: the combination of the thaw and rain late last week got the ice going.
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but even when appearing motionless, car-sized chunks are generating dangerous pressure on infrastructure, and the water underneath could quickly reroute sideways to get around the jam, causing flooding. is this unusual? >> yes, sir. this is not something you see every year. >> reporter: trent thompson is chief of operations for the illinois emergency management agency. >> we are looking at something that looks very still and very calm right now, but any-- at any time, it could cause massive problems where they break up and start flowing. >> reporter: tonight, scott, the residents along this river are watching it closely, knowing that the next move it makes could force them from their homes. >> pelley: that's quite a sight. dean, thanks very much. now, as for what's in the forecast, chief meteorologist eric fisher at our cbs boston station wbz tells us that the arctic air will be dropping south over the next three days. by thursday, lows will be in the teens and the 20s in texas, and
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across the deep south on friday. the governor of arizona is feeling heat tonight over a controversial bill that pits religious rights against the rights of gay americans. jan brewer must decide by saturday whether to sign the bill or kill it. jan crawford has our story. >> reporter: scott koheler is making a statement. >> we are open to everybody. we're not discriminatory in any way, shape, or form. >> reporter: the arizona sign shop owner has put that message on thousands of these signs which now are in storefront windows across the phoenix area. it's all part of a groundswell of opposition to a proposed state law that would make it easier for businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. critics say the bill is a license for discrimination against gays and lesbians. >> i think if this bill is passed into law in the state of arizona, that a lot of outside people are going to see arizona differently. and i just think in general it's
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bad for business in arizona. it gives us a black eye. >> reporter: supporters say the legislation was designed to protect small businesses, like wedding photographers and bakeries, who may have religious objections to same-sex marriages. cathi herrod of the center for arizona policy helped craft the bill, called 1062. >> 1062 is about one thing and one thing only, that americans, arizonans should be free to live and work according to their faith. >> reporter: but just five days after the bill passed, there's intense pressure on governor jan brewer to veto it. national corporations doing business in arizona are calling for a veto, as is the arizona super bowl host committee, which says the law could jeopardize plans for the state to host next year's super bowl. now, yesterday, three republican state senators who actually voted for the bill sent brewer a letter urging her to veto it. the governor said she's going to decide by friday, and, scott, political insiders say they think a veto is likely. >> pelley: we'll keep following this, jan. thank you very much.
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now, along with the dollar and euro, there is a new currency called the bitcoins. you can't put it in your pocket. it trades only on the internet, and today one of the biggest bitcoin exchanges based in tokyo went bust after it was revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins were missing. we asked anthony mason to explain all this. >> reporter: in a manhattan park last fall, a small crowd gathered to buy and sell a new unregulated currency. on their smart phones, they traded a digital money called bitcoins. you're a big believer in this currency. >> i'm a big believer in bitcoins. >> barry silbert is c.e.o. of secretary market. >> i think it's a currency like the u.s. dollar or euro and i think it's a great money transfer network like money gram or western uni.
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>> reporter: created by an anonymous computer programmer in 2009, bitcoins exists only as a code in a computer. a bitcoin can be sent directly from one owner's digital wallet to another anywhere in the world without going through financial institutions. >> i believe it's a game changer. i believe bitcoin is as big as the internet itself, changing the way people think about money, change the way people send money, spend money is as big as the internet. >> reporter: retail shops have started accepting bitcoins. this restaurant in cambridge, massachusetts, honors them because customers like japhet stephens asked for it. >> i do see it as the new gold of the future. >> reporter: how easy is it to exchange? >> there are exchanges all around the world. >> reporter: it's been a risky investment. the value of a bitcoin fluctuates on demand. a year ago, one cost about $30, and by december it soared to $1,200. but today, the price plummeted
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below $500. and law enforcement fears the currency is ideal for criminals. last october, the f.b.i. shut down the web site silk road, alleging it was a one-stop shop for drugs and weapons sold using bitcoins. >> it was and i'm sure has been used for illicit activities, but frankly, so has u.s. dollars and diamonds and gold over time. >> reporter: with the biggest bitcoin exchange planning to file for bankruptcy, sill pert announced plans today to create a new exchange and said he's consulting with major banks and with regulators. >> pelley: anthony, thanks very much. here's a rare picture that we received. the president of the united states meeting today with the speaker of the house. it is their first one-on-one meeting in the oval office since december of 2012. we're told that they agreed that there is much work to be done, though in this election year, there's considerable doubt that they will do it.
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president obama found another opponent on the phone today. he called hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan, and gave him an ultimatum concerning u.s. troops there. david martin has been looking into this. >> reporter: you could say president obama finally gave up on president karzai today. he called him to say that, since the notoriously difficult afghan president would not sign a troop agreement, there was nothing for it but to start planning for pulling all american forces out by the end of this year. the pentagon was already planning for the so-called "zero option," but it was the first time karzai had heard it officially from the president of the united states. there are currently 34,000 american troops in afghanistan, and the top commander, general joseph dunford, has recommended keeping 10,000 there for two years after 2014, if the government of afghanistan first signs a security agreement. president obama left open the possibility of signing that
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agreement with karzai's successor after afghanistan holds elections this spring. but he warned-- the longer it takes, the smaller the number of u.s. troops that stay behind is likely to be. the president's phone call may not change karzai's mind. he has refused to sign any agreement which allows u.s. troops to continue their raids on afghan homes, but it will surely affect thinking elsewhere in afghanistan, where the army still depends on american support to carry out operations against the taliban. a senior pakistani official predicted that, if all u.s. troops were to pull out, 30% of the afghan army would desert. and it will affect thinking among nato allies, which also have troops in afghanistan. perhaps the most telling sign president obama has given up on karzai is that today's phone call was the first time the two men had talked since june of last year. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon for us tonight. david, thank you. there is surprising news today
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that critics believe could lead to designer babies. dr. jon lapook has been looking into this for us. jon. >> reporter: scott, one of the issues scientists will discuss at this meeting is how clinical trials might be conducted. it's controversial because, in addition to the d.n.a. of the mother and the father, material from a third person is used in the process. the vast majority of a cell's d.n.a. is located in the nucleus, but a tiny fraction is outside the nucleus in structures called mitochondria. these mitochondrial genes are inherited only from the mother, and in rare cases, can be defective. these defects can cause problems such as blindness, muscle disorders, and neurological illness. one proposed technique would work this way-- a woman's nucleus is removed from her egg, leaving behind her unhealthy mitochondria. her nucleus containing the majority of her genes replaces the nucleus in the donor egg, leaving an egg with the mother's nucleus and the donor's healthy mitochondria.
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>> schieffer: >> pelley: so what are the concerns? >> reporter: scott, there are technical issues. how do you make this safe and effective? but then there are ethical issues raised. you're starting off with a technique meant to prevent devastating illnesses, but there is concern it could be used for designer babies. so-called designer babies, kids who are more intelligent, who have other scwawlts that the parents find desirable. i should say we are way off technically from being able to do this but that's the fear. >> pelley: jon, thank you very much. fascinating. today, the government reported some encouraging news about childhood obesity. ten years ago, nearly 14% of preschoolers ages 2-5 were considered obese, but that has now dropped to just over 8%. one reason is children are drinking fewer sugary drinks. a family strikes gold in their backyard. that story is coming up. up. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. [ male announcer ] just a few dabs is clinically proven
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few took him seriously when he declared that he would win the heavyweight championship, but he did, 50 years ago tonight. a legend was born. here's jim axelrod. >> reporter: he was young, beautiful, and brashly magnetic. >> you know how great i am. i don't have to tell you about my strategy. >> reporter: but some in cassius clay's corner, like his doctor, ferdie pacheco, were troubled by what his opponent, a brutal ex- mton, might do. you were really worried liston was going to hurt cassius clay. >> kill him. not hurt him, kill him. he was a killer. >> reporter: clay was unfazed, antagonizing liston at every turn. acting unhinged at the weigh-in. >> tonight, somebody will die at ringside from shock! >> he was having a lot of fun. he wanted liston to think, "this guy is crazy." >> reporter: when the bell rang, it turned out he knew exactly what he was doing.
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>> right hand, the best punch of the fight so far. >> by the third round, he began cutting liston. cutting liston? nobody ever cut liston. >> reporter: but the solution used to close liston's cut somehow got in clay's eyes blinding him. clay wanted to quit, but his corner man, angelo dundee, pushed him back in the ring. his vision later cleared. if angelo had not sent him out to fight the next round, would there have been an ali? >> there wouldn't have been. he would have been disgraced. >> reporter: clay opened up liston's face again. two rounds later, sonny liston was done. >> that might be all, ladies and gentlemen! >> i shook up the whole world. i'm tired of talking. >> reporter: this african american son of the jim crowe south had a defiant message to the writers who doubted him. >> bow to my feet. tell me i am the greatest. >> reporter: robert lipsyte covered the fight for the "new york times."
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>> i believe that's the moment when the 1960s began. here was this confluence of what would be race, religion, politics, the civil right struggle, and it exploded from there. >> it was a terrific birth of something great. ali is born. >> reporter: he literally was born in that moment, right? >> he was born in that moment. he was born. >> reporter: the next day, the new champ announced he was a black muslim. cassius clay had climbed into the ring; muhammad ali had climbed out. jim axelrod, cbs news, miami. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. has learned.. the google bae is about to say 'bye to its current home in the bay. now at 6:00, after all the mystery all the secrecy, tonight kpix 5 has learned the google barge is about to say good-bye to its current home in the bay. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. tonight, the richmond city council will consider offering google an invitation to use its docks for finishing construction on the google barge. new at 6:00, kpix 5's allen martin joins us to explain why the clock is ticking on the high-tech marketing center. >> reporter: it is. google's intention all along has been to finish its floating sales and party barge and move it to various docks in the bay or along the west coast for that matter but before any of the showcasing can happen, google has to get a permit, start paying tens of thousands
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of dollars in fines in a couple of weeks or move possibly up recover. >> reporter: by this time next month, the barge will have a new homos likely outside san francisco bay because google so far appears to be resisting the permit process required to build a barge in these waters. >> going the hasn't applied for any permits to construct the barge -- google hasn't applied for any permits to construct the barge. >> reporter: his agency informed treasure island almost a month ago it didn't have proper permits r the barge. in turn, the island's development authority tells kpix 5, google now says it's leaving the island and its $65,000 a month lease behind. but where the barge ends up remains to be seen. one port that would welcome the google barge project is here in the city of richmond. in fact, a city council member says with its rich world war ii shipbuilding history this is e